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of the great communicators. i worked for bill clinton and he's pretty good. and barack obama when he's good he's very good. i think he needs to focus and roll up his sleeves and go up and talk to max baucus and mark pryor and heitkamp. but the democrats have been on the wrong side in preventing the right to vote. a bipartisan group of senators is trying to change that filibuster rule, and now with guns overwhelmingly in favor of background checks we ought to be putting the pressure on changing the rules of the senate that allow 54 senators who are in favor of the right to vote to be blocked by 46 senators not being allowed to vote. if i were advising as a crisis management matter that's the winning message as well as the obvious 80%-90% of the american people support this. >> michael: i hope that combination is the wake-up call on filibuster reform, as you say. we have the gun vote. we have boston, as if they weren't enough there could be as many as 15 dead in the texas fertilizer plant explosion in west texas. the cause is still under investigation. how big of a diversion is a story like this
. >> warner: quick final question. president obama came out this week and said he supports this bill. do you want his active involvement in this? do you need his active involvement or is it better to have him stand back and let you all handle this? >> a few months back when the president was headed to nevada to talk about immigration, the sunday before he left he was on the phone with chuck schumer and me and we talked for a few minutes and he said "all right, i won't put a bill on the table, i'll give you the chance to move forward. t i've learned a less watching congress, i'm not going to wait forever so get on to it have.president has been encouraging us. he supports comprehensive immigration reform. i know he'll do whatever it takes to help us pass this bill but he's committed to it personally. >> warner: senator richard durbin of illinois, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> suarez: in the fourth in our five-part online series, we catch up with jesus garcia, an activist we first interviewed about immigration reform in 2006. what has and hasn't changed in the last seven years? you can
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